Referendum

Demanding change, Together.

Friday, 19 September, 2014 - 12:00

People in Scotland have voted to stay in the United Kingdom.  The "Better Together" campaign won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for the "Yes" campaign on a massive turnout of 85%.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has called for unity and the delivery of promised devolution.  Prime Minister David Cameron said he was pleased that the UK would remain together and that the promises on further devolution would be delivered.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

"It is clear that both "Yes" and "No" voters want to see a better and fairer Scotland. I want to see a fairer UK both north and south of the border.  This vote will help get us closer to a better UK. This vote was about more than just independence. It was a vote for social justice and people power, a vote for more local control, short of independence."

"In Manchester I have talked about the danger of people turning their back on the political process. When we contested the 2012 Manchester Central by-election we were shocked by a turnout of barely 18%. The turnout in Scotland couldn't have been more different. It is clear then that when there is a real choice people vote, we have to make it clear that they have a real stake in Parliament."

Scotland – The Real Choice

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Voters in Scotland are about to take one of the most significant democratic choices in recent years. It's fair to say that Pirate Party members have taken a range of views on #indyref. Unlike others, we're not afraid of shades of opinion in our party. But the last few days have convinced me of what my view is on the issue. The Scots probably don't want yet another Party Leader from south of Gretna banging on about the referendum, but here's what has led me to the belief that a Yes vote is the only way forward for people who care about real democratic choice.

So much of the  referendum campaign has focused on issues which aren't actually the heart of the question. It's not about whether you like Cameron and Boris or not. It's not about the SNP's voting record. It's not about whether Salmond says dumb stuff. It's not about license plates, stamps,  royal babies, how “foreign” you feel, haggis, teacakes, or spinsters cycling to evensong.

A Q&A with George Walkden on a referendum UK's membership of the EU

Right now, Pirate Party candidates are being asked about their positions on everything from their views on shale gas and union membership through to immigration and the UK's role in the EU.  Its great to see so many people interested in what the Pirate Party has to offer in elections and what our candidates think, and want to achieve.  One question comes up more often than others and that is whether the UK should hold a referendum on its membership of the EU.  It was an issue that came up again and again when we discussed policy as a party and it is an issue that so many people in the UK are talking about.

Of course both the UK's membership of the EU and whether we have a referendum is a matter for the Westminster Parliament.  Those elected in the upcoming EU Parliament elections aren't in a position to change the UK's relationship with the EU at all, that is something our MPs are responsible for.  But since it is an important issue we wanted to make sure our candidates views are clear.  

To reiterate the Party's position from the 2012 manifesto: We believe that a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU should be offered to voters in the UK, and that such a referendum should include the option for the UK to pull out of the EU and negotiate its own agreements with the EU as a whole or with individual member states.  

Pirate Party Disappointed with AV Referendum Results

Friday, 6 May, 2011 - 20:00

The Pirate Party UK is disappointed with the result of the referendum on the adoption of the Alternative Vote.

Loz Kaye, Party Leader, spoke of his personal dissatisfaction with the result.

"This result sets the Electoral Reform Movement back significantly. AV was to be a step towards a better system, but now we will be stuck with the awful system that is FPTP."

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